Diesel prices across the U.S. fell for the second time in three weeks, slipping 2.1 cents in the week ending April 16 as oil prices inched up.
The average price of $4.127 is still 2.2 cents higher than the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices are up about 3.9 cents, or 9.8 percent, from the beginning of the year.
Prices fell in all regions, except the Rocky Mountain region, where prices stayed flat. The sharpest decrease in prices was in the Midwest, where diesel per gallon dropped 3.4 cents to $4.021.
Crude oil for May delivery rose 15 cents to $102.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Investor fears of supply disruptions were partly allayed after a meeting between major Western powers and Iran last week led to the scheduling of another round of meetings in May.